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Cardiac Arrest to Stage IV Colon Cancer: Still a Survivor!

by GregP_WN.

Meet our WhatNexter of the Week, William Sams, in this picture, he has just survived cardiac arrest, being shocked back to life 3 times and having had an Automatic Installed Cardiac Defibrillator (AICD) implanted. he is with his Wife and kids, happy to have survived such an ordeal. Little did he know that this wasn't going to be the hardest fight of his life. 

William Sams After Cadiac Arrest

William, his Wife and kids in the hospital after having had surgery for the implant

William had served almost 14...

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Cancer and Nausea: Seven Tips for Relief

by Brian English.

There have been major advancements in reducing the side effects of cancer treatments in recent years. Thanks to new drug formulations, incidents of nausea and vomiting are now less severe and pass more quickly. But in spite of these advances, the battle against barfing, puking, tossing your cookies, vomiting, and generally feeling like you’re going to hurl still has yet to be won. 

Cancer And Nausea 7 Tips For Relief

According to the Canadian Cancer Research Journal Current Oncology, “approximately one half of cancer...

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Helping Children Cope With Your Hair Loss

by Heather Erickson.

Our blog post today is from Guest Blogger and WhatNexter "Donesewright" Heather Erickson. Heather is the caregiver for her Husband Dan who has fought through stage IV lung cancer. 

As adults, we have resources available to help prepare us for side effects we’ll experience as a result of chemotherapy, radiation, surgery, and other forms of cancer treatment. Our doctor can explain what to expect, and how long it will last. 

Helping Children Cope With Cancer Side Effects

Children, on the other hand (even teens), don’t have...

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The Second Opinion : It's Your Right

by Brian English.

Your cancer diagnosis often arrives with a thunderclap. You’re stunned. You’re reeling. And often you’ve barely absorbed the news of your diagnosis before you’re bombarded with information about your treatment. While you’re still there in shock, the doctor begins to tick through how he plans to attack the disease. Surgery, radiation, chemo … they all become a blur.Second Opinion It's Your Right

Regardless of how much you trust or like your oncologist, it’s only natural to think that maybe there’s more than one way to go...

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Celebrities and Cancer

by Brian English.

Cancer made headlines in the entertainment news when actress Shannen Doherty revealed that her breast cancer had spread, and she’d received a single mastectomy. The actress told Entertainment Tonight that after a recent surgery, it was discovered that “some of the cancer cells may actually have gone out of the lymph nodes.” She will soon be starting a course of chemo and radiation treatments.

Shannen Doherty

For people here in the WhatNext community, cancer isn’t a human interest story; it’s part of every...

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Cancer and the Zika Virus

by Brian English.

By now, everyone has surely heard of the Zika virus. It’s usually near the top of every national TV news report. And you probably know that it has something to do with mosquitos and pregnant women. But as a cancer patient, something that you need to look out for? Yes and no.

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Zika is not known (yet) to pose any particular hazard to cancer patients. However, the Centers for Disease Control recently reported that information is lacking as to whether the risk of contracting Zika (or the...

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4 Ways to Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

by Brian English.

Muscle loss as the result of cancer treatment can make a serious dent in your quality of life. Most patients will have to endure the extreme fatigue associated with muscle loss. But it doesn’t just keep you from returning to your daily routine – it sneaks up on you.

4 Ways To Regain Muscle Mass After Cancer

WhatNext Community Manager, GregP_WN remembers trying to split wood like he did before his treatment, and only being able to get through six logs. “My mind said, ‘Sure you can do it,’ but my body said, ‘waaaiiiit a minute,’...

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Look Good When Dealing With Cancer

by Brian English.

As if cancer isn’t enough to deal with, the diagnosis and treatment of this disease comes with an insidious side effect: it ruins your whole look.

This may sound glib, but both men and women, battling cancer impacts what you wear – and not in a positive way. This goes way beyond the baseball hats and scarves that many patients don after chemo-induced hair loss.

Look Good When Dealing With Cancer

During treatment, you can change shape in many ways. You could lose weight. You could get bloated. Your old clothes may not fit you...

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3 Things Cancer Patients Ask of Their Employers

by Brian English.

Dear Employer:
I have been diagnosed with cancer. While this has impacted my health, it has not changed my work ethic, nor my intelligence, nor my dedication to my fellow coworkers and the company’s goals. While I am being treated for this disease, please treat me with the respect that I’ve worked so hard to earn in my position.

3 Things Cancer Patients Want Employers To Know

Signed,
Working Cancer Patients Everywhere

One of the least explored aspects of the changes that cancer can cause in your life is the impact it can have at work. Many...

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Cancer and Marriage

by GregP_WN.

Life with cancer can be a pressure cooker. It dials up the stress on every aspect of your life. But it’s personal relationships that may show the strain of cancer the most – especially marriages. The question isn’t “will living with cancer change your marriage;” it will. But will “change” mean a stronger bond between you and your mate, or the end of your relationship?Terrilyn

“Marriage isn’t easy,” writes WhatNexter LiveWithCancer. “It is even more difficult, I think, when you throw in a...

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